Grieving the loss of a loved one can be especially difficult during the holiday season.
Your sense of loss can be magnified during family gatherings, holiday traditions and meaningful events.
The need for support is the greatest during the holidays. It’s important to try and focus on good memories and take comfort with family and friends.
There are a number of ways you can deal with grief during the holiday season to get through this difficult time.
There is no right or wrong way to handle the holiday season after a loss. Find unique ways to honor your loved one and incorporate their memory into the holidays.
Talk about your emotions with loved ones by sharing stories and favorite memories.
Be honest about how you’d like to spend your time this holiday season, and don’t do more than you want. If dinner with family or friends doesn't feel right, develop an alternative option during these tough times.
Holiday activities can also cause stress. New activities can also bring about a sense of ease, and scaling back holiday plans may be beneficial as well.
Familiar traditions may be comforting, but it is important to acknowledge that the holidays will not be the same after a loss. Some find comfort in new experiences, a change in location for family celebrations or a new menu.
Limit holiday parties to small gatherings with those closest to you, and don’t hesitate to scale back your usual holiday activities. Less decorations, greeting cards or events will give you a break from the added stress at this time of year.
Gift-giving can be challenging as you grieve the loss of a loved one. Consider alternate options to coping with grief. According to the AARP, in times of loss we often want to do something that will make a difference.
Consider making a donation in a loved one’s name to a charity or cause that he or she cherished.
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